Part of improving your home means looking for ways to make it safer. Nowadays, we all feel a bit more exposed to the elements, and if we have spent a long time struggling to get a mortgage for our home, we’re going to do what we can to best protect it. It can feel incredibly insulting to have worked so hard to get a deposit for our home, only for it to be subject to numerous break-ins. This does depend on the neighborhood you live in, but it’s something no one is exempt from now. Crime rates are higher, and thieves seem to get “braver” as the years go by. The worst time of year for home burglaries is the summer, as people go on vacation, and leave their house exposed. So, if this is you, and you’re about to head on vacation, but you have an overwhelming concern as to if your home is going to get broken into, what are the best methods of home protection you can implement?
Beware Of Your Social Media
Now, we are quick to share that we’ve left the house and are relaxing on the plane with a mai tai, but if your account settings aren’t the digital equivalent of Fort Knox, you could be leaving yourself open to potential problems. Beware of your social media groups, especially if you belong to neighborhood groups, because if you are going to post on these pages that you are going away on vacation, so your driveway can be used by a neighbor, for example, there could be people on the group who haven’t been in the area for a while, setting you up for a lot of problems. Now, with social media, you can never tell who your friends, or friends of friends, are. So if you are keen on sharing every movement online, either make sure your settings are as private as possible, or just don’t share anything until you get back.
There is a big question as to how much you should put on display when going on vacation. Because you don’t want to make it look like your home is empty, yet if you’ve hidden everything, this could flag up that your home is empty. But if you leave your home for a couple of weeks and give the impression that it’s being used, such as the curtains being open all day and night, this could also send a signal to burglars who have had their eye on your property for a while. But the one thing you really shouldn’t have on display is valuables, if you have precious family heirlooms, these have to be out of sight, and, preferably, stored in a safe. You can purchase safes with a combination lock, for a cheap price, and if you’ve got a lot of small jewelry, it needs to be stored safely. Items that hold significant emotional value could be covered under an insurance policy, but if your home is broken into, and these items were stolen, you will get a payout, but you won’t get these items back.
Having A Friendly Word With The Neighbors
If you have concerns about your property, this is one of the old-fashioned methods that really work best. It’s great to get peace of mind when you are away by asking a neighbor to keep an eye on the property. If you are lucky enough to be in a neighborhood where you can trust your neighbors implicitly, you could give them a spare set of keys and clear away the mail every couple of days. Mail building up is a sure-fire sign to burglars that a property is vacant, so they will try their luck, as is a buildup of trash. If a burglar sees that there’s trash outside your home, but the other houses in the street are trash free, it’s important to ask a neighbor to bring your trash cans in. But for these people, it’s not just providing them with a set of keys and asking them to keep an eye on the property, it’s best to give them your itinerary, and some contact details just in case an emergency arises. And if you have more than one person visiting your property while you’re away, make sure they both know about each other. It could be very awkward if your neighbor walks in to find that your cat sitter is there and calls the police! But there are resources that can help you online too. A Watchful Neighbor is a subscription service that allows anybody to notify you if they see anything odd about your home. And as a subscription is $50 a year, it’s a relatively cheap payment for peace of mind.
Installing The Best Security Systems
Tech is the big way you can protect your home now. And there are things that you might not have even considered sorting when it comes to ensuring you are sufficiently protected. For example, the GPS in your car could lead a burglar directly to your home. If you are parking your car at the airport, change the “home” setting of your GPS to something else. A thief could break into your car, and make their way directly to your front door. As well as this, you can take advantage of timers on your electronics. So, if you’re lights aren’t set to come on in the evening, a darkened household for a whole week is a sure-fire sign that no one is inside. You can purchase various timers on the markets that turn your electronics on and off during specific times of the day. It’s not just the lights, but the television and radios are items you can plug into these, and it’s a good idea to do this just in case a burglar gets savvy about your light timings. Your other option is to go one step further, and install a sophisticated home security system that you can access from anywhere in the world. Home security suppliers like Suddenlink provide options for you to control your lighting, security cameras, as well as your smoke alarms, from anywhere in the world. All you have to do is access an app, and you have a live news feed of all the security imagery inside and outside your home. As well as this, a lot of these new security providers will notify you if there has been a break-in or burglary. The way it used to be, the quality of the imagery was questionable, but now with the increasing technology, you can see what the camera sees in crystal clear imagery, day or night. As far as peace of mind is concerned, you’ve got a major layer of security thanks to technology.
Make The Most Of Old-Fashioned Hacks
But if you aren’t in the market for a high tech security system, especially if you spent a lot of money on medication, there are some old-fashioned methods that can help. The first thing to think about is making your home the same as it was prior to you leaving. Any little change could provide a big hint that you are not around anymore, so it’s something like the curtains, make sure that you leave them exactly as when you are at home. So if this means, in the summer you are inclined to leave your curtains open, make sure you do this, but if people are keen on looking through your window, it’s best to move the expensive items, such as computers and jewelry, out of plain sight. If you have a spare key hidden under a plastic rock outside, remove it. If a thief catches wind of you being away, they’re going to check the typical places it would be, from that plastic rock to under the mat. If you don’t have a neighbor you can trust enough to clear the mail every couple of days, stop your mail delivery for a specific amount of time, so they can deliver the mail when you get back. If you live in a small town, you could consider notifying the police. There’s no need to let them know about a short getaway, but if you’re going away for a week or two, they could go out of their way to drive by your house while they are on patrol. Don’t bank on it, but if you are in a small town with friendly police officers, you could provide the police with this information, as well as the security alarm deactivation code, and the name of a trusted neighbor that you’ve left a spare key with should something happen.
Going on vacation is stressful enough as it is, but if you’ve got a home that is primed for burglary, you need to make sure it’s protected as best as possible. As these are a handful of the basics, the best protection is always vigilance and knowing the signs. It takes a matter of seconds for a burglar to decide whether to rob your house or not and only 10 minutes in which to undertake it, so make it your priority to protect your property.